COVID Can’t Stop the Beat


Helen Temeyer

Natalie Kehrli (12)

Brooke Holtz, Staff

Seven days before All-State chorus auditions were due, one senior received the news that she had a direct exposure to COVID-19 and needed to quarantine immediately.

COVID-19 hit Natalie Kehrli hard; she wasn’t able to get out of bed for days, suffered from a high temperature of 104 degrees, and discovered she had double pneumonia as well.

This didn’t stop Kehrli from auditioning though.

“I had put so much work into the All-State process, and I knew no matter the consequences, I needed to send in an audition,” Kehrli said. 

She made the recording in her garage due to the vocal balance in it. Kehrli’s audition took her three hours, instead of a normal 15 minutes, because of the impact COVID had on her.

“In between every song, I took a 30 minute break,” Kehrli said.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, Kehrli received the call saying she made the All-State Choir. 

“If you would have asked me, I highly doubted I would’ve made it this year,” Kehrli said. “The amount of joy I felt when I received the call was worth the three hours of sitting in the garage auditioning.”



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